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Duluth man gets 20 years for role in drive-by shooting

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth man involved in a drive-by shooting in Hermantown last fall has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A St. Louis County jury last month convicted 47-year-old Robert Lund of aiding and abetting second-degree attempted murder and other charges. He was sentenced ...

Minnesota’s earliest tornado on record hit campground

BRICELYN, Minn. (AP) — A tornado that hit a southern Minnesota campground this month was the earliest twister on record in Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. The agency recently conducted a survey that confirmed a tornado that tore through the Pihls Park campground ...

Jury convicts Blaine driver who hit man standing by mailbox

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 28-year-old man who sped through a Twin Cities suburb and fatally struck a man standing by a roadside mailbox last spring. An Anoka County jury convicted Adam Joseph Rodman of Blaine on three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and a ...

Minnesota Republicans seek to cut early education program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans took a defiant stance against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday with a proposal to eliminate his flagship early childhood education program, close an arts school and remove multiple automatic budget increases for school programs. With a ...

Fatal bat disease spreading in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a bat-killing disease is spreading in Minnesota and has now entered the Twin Cities area. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that white-nose syndrome is affecting bats in six counties — St. Louis, Becker, Dakota, ...

More judges could be sent to cut immigration court backlog

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The immigration court in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington has a backlog of about 5,300 cases — an all-time high. In about 150 of those cases, individuals are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Student group causes stir with anti-illegal immigrant signs

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A student organization says it posted provocative signs about illegal immigrants at a Minnesota college as part of a social experiment. The signs were posted Monday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and said "white Americans" had a "civic duty to report any ...

Suspect in Minnesota mail carrier shooting identified

WARREN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the 73-year-old man who died after shooting a mail carrier's vehicle and a deputy's squad car in rural northwestern Minnesota. The medical examiner in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, identifies the man as Clarence Huderle (HUD'-ur-lee) of ...

Movie of Vince Flynn’s ‘American Assassin’ to debut Sept. 15

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The late Minnesota author Vince Flynn's counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is coming to the big screen in September. CBS Films and Lionsgate announced Wednesday that "American Assassin," based on Flynn's best-seller, will hit theaters Sept. 15 nationwide and in North ...

Budget fights brew as Legislature starts assembling bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers' budget-setting spree is in full swing. Possible cuts to state agencies and big tax breaks began to materialize this week as House and Senate Republicans started releasing detailed budget plans with a $1.65 billion surplus in hand. It's just the ...

House GOP lines up tuition tax credit, Social Security help

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Republicans said they want to exempt more Social Security income from the taxes of Minnesota residents, create a credit for student loan payments and reduce property taxes for farmers as part of a $1.35 billion tax relief bill released Wednesday. The large tax ...

Another catch-and-release summer for Mille Lacs walleyes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in Mille Lacs Lake again this summer and they will be barred from even catching the fish for three weeks during the peak of the season, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The catch-and-release regulations for ...

Judge loses challenge to Minnesota mandatory retirement age

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A district judge from Moorhead has lost his legal challenge to a Minnesota law that requires judges to retire at the age of 70. Judge Galen Vaa (vah) contends that the mandatory retirement age for district court judges is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Vaa filed ...

Lawsuit challenges Winona County’s frack sand ban

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A group of property owners has sued Winona County over its ban on industrial mining of silica sand for use in hydraulic fracturing. The Southeast Minnesota Property Owners joined Saratoga Township resident Roger Dabelstein in filing the lawsuit last week in state court, ...

Target celebrates stretch marks in new swimwear campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that features four models in unretouched images as it promotes a focus on inclusivity. Social media star Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, ...

Sheriff who investigated Wetterling abduction to retire

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday. Sanner has worked for the sheriff's office for nearly 33 years and has been ...

4 Blaine officers sickened by fumes coming from van in chase

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Four Blaine police officers are out of the hospital after becoming sick from fumes coming from a van that was stopped after a chase. The Blaine Police Department says an officer tried to stop the suspicious vehicle Tuesday morning, but the van took off. The chase ...

Mother of man killed by St. Paul police asks to see video

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of a man killed by St. Paul police is asking to view video that she says may show her son's final moments. Cordale Quinn Handy, of Waukegan, Illinois, died of multiple gunshot wounds last week. Authorities have said the 29-year-old Handy, who was black, ...

Professor sues accuser after sexual assault charges dropped

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota law professor has filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman he says falsely accused him of sexual assault. Francesco Parisi spent several weeks in the Hennepin County Jail and was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking. ...

House GOP envisions big tax cuts, some government cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans revealed a broad budget framework Monday that would prompt some cuts to health care programs and state agencies while pressing Gov. Mark Dayton for more than $1.3 billion in tax relief. It's just the first chapter in the Legislature's ...

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